Juicing is the perfect way to give your body LIFE and life rejects death or the dying process. That’s my favorite way to put it. Besides that, juicing gives the body all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that it needs without using pills with awful side effects. After years of juicing, I’ve answered pretty much every question in the book and it’s time to share my top ten.
Juicing gives the body pure liquid nutrition. When you cook food, you lose all the living enzymes which provide life giving nutrition throughout the blood stream. You would have to eat 6-8 pounds of cooked fruits and veggies to get the equivalent of a 8-16 oz serving of raw juice.
The hardest part about juicing is the CLEAN UP. It can be a daunting task and if you’re not prepared and you’ll find pulp everywhere. My average time from prep to clean-up can be around 2-3 hours depending on if I’m juicing for the day or the week. I mostly juice for 3-4 days at a time to ensure my juice stays fresh. TIP: Line your pulp catcher with a plastic bag and simply pull the bag out without all the mess.
What’s the difference between juicing and blending? Blending with equipment like the Nutribullet or a standard blender will give you the benefits of FIBER. Fiber is essential to our daily meals, but on the downside it also soaks up a lot of the nutrients. This goes straight out the back door (ex: bowel movements). With juicing, the pulp is extracted into the catcher and you get 100% pure nutrition that hits the bloodstream within 5 minutes. How awesome is that?
Juicing is one of the best ways to lose weight naturally and keep it off. Mainly because juicing supplies nutrients and when the body is properly supplied; there’s no need for the brain to send out hunger signals. We only get hungry due to a lack in nutrients. The live enzymes in raw live foods go straight to work at breaking down other solid foods, which improves your overall digestive system. Even the most healthiest individuals are carrying around at least 5-10 pounds of old food.
Juicing helps reduce sugar and salt cravings. The more natural sugars you introduce to your body, the less need you’ll have for artificial flavors. Once you begin to integrate the practice of juicing daily or at least 3x per week, you’ll begin to notice not only sugar cravings decline, but also those pesky late night binges.
Juice that grey right outta your hair. That’s right, juicing has been known to reverse or stop the greying process. Ann Wigmore, author of The Hippocrates Diet claimed that grey hair is linked to mineral deficiencies, and when the body is able to boost its mineral reserves, the natural color returns.
I hear this time and time again…
Juicing is expensive!
How often should you juice?
Even if you juice 3 times per week minimum, you are still getting more nutrients than most people get in months. I juice everyday and have done so for years. It’s a lifestyle that requires dedication and commitment. Whenever I think I don’t have time to juice, I ask myself:
Do I have time to be sick?
If you ever come to this conclusion, I ask you this:
How much does cancer cost or being chained to prescription drugs?
Should you follow certain recipes?
The main thing to consider when juicing is mixing plant based fruits and veggies with water based. Due to the acidic content of each, it could upset your stomach. The best plan of action is to always notice how you feel. Do your research on certain foods such as beets, garlic, turmeric and ginger. These are all powerful root vegetables that should be treated with respect. If in doubt, download my ebook, Juice 4 Life for a quick starter’s guide on simple recipes to get you motivated or order a starter’s pack from our Juice 4 Life Drink combinations. Eventually, you will begin to crave certain foods that signal exactly what your body needs.